Filling Backpacks With Hope: Manhattan Mini Storage Pitches in to Supply Homeless Kids for The New School Year

For the fourth year in a row, Manhattan Mini Storage is teaming up with Coalition for the Homeless for Project: Back to School – a donation drive to supply thousands of city kids living in shelters with backpacks and other needed school supplies for the coming academic year.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Manhattan Mini Storage is teaming up with Coalition for the Homeless for Project: Back to School – a donation drive to supply thousands of city kids living in shelters with backpacks and other needed school supplies for the coming academic year.
In addition to donating dozens of extra-large Manhattan Mini Storage boxes to the coalition, each of the company’s 17 mini storage locations will set up its own collection centers for their staff, customers and the general public to donate backpacks, notebooks, pencils and other basic school supplies to contribute to this effort.

"This is one of the most important things we do every year," said Archie Gottesman, co-owner and Chief Branding Officer of Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. "These kids are already living in desperate circumstances, and they deserve the same opportunities as every other child in New York City – including the opportunity to go to school, to learn and to thrive. People know our brand in this city, so whenever we can, we try to use our visibility to help those in need, and this is a perfect opportunity."

Last year’s drive was a huge success, with over 3,100 supply-filled backpacks distributed, 1,300 of which came from Manhattan Mini Storage locations. Organizers are aiming to double the number of donations this year.

The donation drive for Project: Back to School runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 20, and Manhattan Mini Storage hopes people will donate whatever they can, including backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, composition book, etc. For a complete supply list, visit CoalitionfortheHomelessorg.

Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization, helping homeless men, women and children. They are dedicated to the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. For more information about the organization and Project: Back to School, visit http://www.CoalitionForTheHomeless.org.

Edison Properties is the family-owned parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage, New York’s self-storage leader and one of the city’s favorite brands, thanks to their famous subway ads and billboards. They also own and operate Edison ParkFast – 40 garages and lots throughout New York City, as well as Northeastern New Jersey and Baltimore. Other properties include WorkSpace Offices, Executive Offices and Pre-Built Suites, the Hippodrome office building and the Ludlow, a luxury residential high-rise on the Lower East Side.

For more information about Manhattan Mini Storage, visit http://www.ManhattanMiniStorage.com. And to learn more about Edison Properties’ ongoing efforts to help others, please contact Stacy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources, at 973-849-2556.


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